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Book Review: The Upstarts
“The Upstarts” by Brad Stone is a book that tells with alternating narratives the stories of Airbnb and Uber. Both companies demonstrate business models that were built around inexpensive assets (Airbnb allows home owners to become amateur hotel owners ...

Looking for a blissful summer novel? Here it is: “Standard Deviation”
They're that couple who appear not to fit together but somehow does. If the characters, with their utter lack of financial concerns, seem reminiscent of the novelist Laurie Colwin (“Happy All the Time”), this is no fluke. The book opens with a ...

Comic Book Review – Wonder Woman Annual #1
The world of the Amazing Amazon expands in a collection of short stories that take Wonder Woman around the globe! In the days after “Year One,” Diana comes face-to-face with Superman and Batman for the first time, as illustrated by “Year One” artist ...

Comic Book Review – Trinity Annual #1
You don't betray Ra's al Ghul and legendary sorceress Circe and just walk away. That's what Lex Luthor is about to learn the hard way. Now, he has to unite with his former Justice League teammates if he wants to stay alive. Meanwhile, the Trinity fear ...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: By the Book
What books are currently on your night stand? “Lives of Master Swordsmen,” by Makoto Sugawara, furthers my interest in martial arts that began shortly before Bruce Lee became my teacher. The book explores the swordsmen of medieval Japan and the ...

To Be a Machine, book review: Disrupting life itself
Today, when Nick Bostrom predicts (in his book Superintelligence) that an AI might turn all the Earth's resources to making paper clips he may still seem crazy -- but he's an Oxford University professor and director of the Future of Humanity Institute ...

Comic Book Reviews for May 31, 2017
Elsewhere, BOOM! Studios published one of their strongest Power Rangers comics yet, while Image released a dirt-cheap and new reader-friendly issue of Saga. Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to ...

Book Review: Monetizing Your Data, a guide to finding a method for turning data into revenue
There is a bit of irony that that day I chose to write about the new book Monetizing Your Data by Andrew Roman Wells and Kathy Williams Chiang, that another book should be back in the news. That book, which I won't mention by name here, was a big ...

Book Review: The Bible
The Bible isn't merely the inspired word of God, sufficient for teaching and for teaching, rebuking, training, and teaching in righteousness. It's also a really good read! Let me know if you agree with my review of the book and let me know what books I ...

'The Long Haul' Is a Trucker's Slangy Tour of the Road
Truck driving may be dangerous, and truck driving may be stressful, but Finn Murphy is here to tell you that of all species of truckers driving all species of trucks, it's the long-distance drivers of moving vans who have it worst. You think easing a ...

Samsung Galaxy Book review: You're better off with a Surface Pro
Naturally, Samsung produced its own, last year's Galaxy TabPro S. That device features a great screen and solid battery life but was hurt by a terrible keyboard and slow performance. With the new Galaxy Book, Samsung appears to have fixed those issues ...

9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Conflict and its aftermath haunt the books on our recommended list this week, from “Music of the Ghosts,” the story of a Cambodian refugee who returns home, to “Where the Line Is Drawn,” a personal journey through the 50 years of occupation that ...

Book Review: Rise and fall of R.I. industrial giant Brown & Sharpe told with precision
"Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry," by Gerald M. Carbone with the Rhode Island Historical Society. McFarland, 277 pages. $39.95. The late 19th century was the age of America's Industrial Revolution. Providence, a leader in a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Beartown'
“Beartown,” Fredrik Backman's latest novel, takes place in a remote, on the skids, small Swedish town whose people are hoping that their junior hockey team might bring them national glory and with it economic revival. All is going great until suddenly ...

Book Review: Lessons in leadership from an ancient Chinese ruler
Tang Taizong, who founded a dynasty which lasted from 618 to 907, should be identified as a great leader rather than a great ruler, an introduction to this book points out, noting that “to rule” is to control while “to lead” is to guide. By Phyllis ...

Book Review: Newport Folk Festival history reads like anthology of facts
The chapter, which is strangely the only one in the book formatted as an oral history, features a diverse array of conflicting accounts. Some ring truer than others — especially those of Joe Boyd and Pete Yarrow, the evening's sound mixers, members of ...

Book Review: 'Saratoga Payback' a wonderful mystery of connections and revenge
Book Review: 'Saratoga Payback' a wonderful mystery of connections and revenge. Thursday. Jun 1, 2017 at 9:31 PM. Author Stephen Dobyns, who lives in Westerly, is a published poet and short-story writer, and it shows in his mellifluous, humorous and ...

Book Review: "Politics: Another Perspective"
The best and sometimes the only way to help make sense of a world that is seemingly turned upside down is to return to the basics. Understanding contemporary political events must be contextualized by looking at the roots of our representative ...

Book Review: The Joy of Swimming
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Joy of Swimming” by Lisa Congdon. With summer weather just around the corner, and last week's announcement of Amazon Pool's opening, it seems an opportune time to dive ...

David Sedaris's Diaries
Tap on the “search” magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen, type in “Inside The New York Times Book Review” and select it from the list of results. 3. Subscribe. Once on the series page, tap on the “subscribe” button to have new episodes ...

Jimmy's Bastards #1 Review - Will This Book Upset SJWs or Alt-Righters?
This (if you know your 'book Bond') is basically James Bond. I bring up Butcher because that's the level that Jimmy's Bastards is going for. We're looking at the chance to have another emotionally deep, funny, gory, take down of a major genre, and I ...

BOOK REVIEW: The joy of discovering 2 terrific authors
It is the most beautifully written book I have read in a long time. Set in occupied France during World War II, the novel tells the story of a 16-year-old blind girl, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, and an 18-year -old German boy, Werner Pfenning, whose paths ...

'White Fur' Is A Fable Of Love, Class, Money And Death
The beautiful boy and the wrong girl, the friends and family who disapprove — a plot so simple, so guileless, that it seems to vaporize into nothingness if you look too hard, leaving something not really a book, but a series of vignettes, of moments ...

Book Review: 'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry'
Scientists are confidently predicting that the two stars of binary system KIC 9832227, about 1,800 light years away in the northern wing of the Cygnus constellation, will collide with each other sometime between 2021 and 2023, creating a spectacular ...

Book review: 'Keeping Kyrie' celebrates family and faith
The book's acknowledgment includes Emily Christensen's thanks for “the brilliant editing of my husband, Nathan, who took the dramatic documentary of our life together and created a masterpiece, painting my own hot tears into art.” Kyrie and her health ...

Book Review: A critical analysis of Gandhi's legacy in the modern world
Why Gandhi Still Matters, a new book by Rajmohan Gandhi—Gandhi's grandson and a noted public intellectual—tries giving answers to some of these by penning an appraisal of Gandhi's legacy, albeit subtly, and without any straight references to the ...

Book Review: Mark Bowden's 'Hue 1968' (The Bloody Pivot)
One reason I call this book an extraordinary feat of journalism is that Mr. Bowden makes events vivid and easy to understand for a reader with no military experience and only limited knowledge of the Vietnam War. The results are in every way worthy of ...

Book review (Fiction): 'Grief Cottage' by Gail Godwin
His father unknown to him, his mother dead in a car crash, 11-year-old Marcus Harshaw leaves the mountains of North Carolina in 2004 for a new life on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, where he's taken in by his reclusive great-aunt ...

Review: 'The Jungle Book' at Encore Stage & Studio by Emma Kiely
Man's desire to know the ways of the jungle and its creatures has been captured in Encore Stage & Studio's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The story of Mowgli's (Ryely Rogers) schooling and triumph over Shere Khan (Kate Gillen) is told ...

Book review: 'Merton & the Protestant Tradition'
The book “Merton & the Protestant Tradition” is about the intellectual and spiritual search for the meaning and purpose of Christianity in a pluralistic world. The American theologian Thomas Merton (1915-1968) stands out as a prolific author of 70 ...

Book review: Beatles fans' screams, decoded
In Philip Norman's well-respected book, “Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation,” a psychologist suggests that the screaming girls “are subconsciously preparing for motherhood. Their frenzied screams are a rehearsal for that moment.” One can only sigh ...

Book review: "Sunburning" explores life with dark humor
Keiler Roberts observes the absurdity of being the parent of a young child with a sharpness that makes me wonder if there are hidden cameras at my house. Her new book of autobiographical comics, “Sunburning,” from Koyama Press, finds the humor in ...

Book review: 'The Midnight Man' by David Eric Tomlinson
Oklahoma-born author David Eric Tomlinson, of Dallas, Texas, relies on his knowledge of his native state for the setting of his first novel, "The Midnight Man." Pistol Pete, MAPS, the Oklahoma City bar Cock-O-The Walk, Former Oklahoma County District ...

Oklahoman book review: 'I Found You' by Lisa Jewell
Morbid curiosity and a deep sense of foreboding pull the reader from one page to the next in Lisa Jewell's skillful new suspense thriller, “I Found You.” Characters are vivid, pacing is immaculate and the tone is a perfect blend of light and dark ...

'Theft By Finding' Is As Mesmerizing As A Spinning Chicken (Trust Us)
This is an accommodating book, one you can pick up at leisure, to find pleasant entries about the vast and splendid array of human life that can be observed at IHOP, or the vagaries of fruit picking. Theft by Finding is like a great junk store: chaotic ...

Book review: Life, challenges and art of Liz Lemon Swindle shared in biography by Susan Easton Black
"Portraits of Faith: The Biography of Liz Lemon Swindle" by Susan Easton Black strikes the perfect balance of sharing personal knowledge of Liz Lemon Swindle without the burden of every single detail of Swindle's life. The storytelling tone makes for ...

Book Review: David Sedaris wants you to read his diaries, finally
Book Review: David Sedaris wants you to read his diaries, finally. Pau Hana. Jun 4, 2017. ROB MERRILL. The Associated Press. AP photo. • “Theft by Finding” (Little, Brown and Co.), by David Sedaris. Long before Facebook was a gleam in Mark ...

The Leftovers: "The Book of Nora" Review
The Leftovers signs off, after three masterful seasons, with "The Book of Nora" - a simple yet dazzlingly moving and stupendously satisfying series finale that has two very amusing plot synopses. If you check your local guides you may have gotten ...

Catherine Lacey's masterful The Answers asks whether love can be made in a lab
Sitting in a small, white room, a woman spies what she believes is a two-way mirror. “It depressed me to think that I might have been looking at another person but seeing only myself,” remarks Mary Parsons, the protagonist of Catherine Lacey's complex ...

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Book review: Good old days weren't always good for Hank Greenburg
This is what sets Kaplan's work apart from other season recap baseball books where current events add context to what was happening on the field. This context isn't a diversion or a reminder, but a lesson. Greenberg is worth this study, and Kaplan ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Warnings: Finding Cassandras to stop Catastrophes'
This book is about the capability to forecast future trends, particularly impending disasters, in spite of conventional wisdom's usual dismissal of such warnings, which is part of what is termed the Cassandra complex. Cassandra, the authors explain ...

Book Review 388: The Gene
Evolution by means of natural selection is the profoundest concept in biology; it may be the profoundest concept that humans are capable of. It can be expressed in a couple of sentences, and this has seduced many people to think that it is easy to ...

Book review: “His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt”
Former New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld revisits this period in his current book “His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt.” The constant point in the book is that FDR either kept everyone guessing or even went so far as to keep ...

Dear Match Book: What Novels Can Help Me Prepare for Motherhood?
I have been struggling to choose a good book to read in the last months of my first pregnancy. It seems to me few novels engage with motherhood, and those that do are dated, depressing or dystopian. I've heard Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale” ...

'Would Everybody Please Stop' Is Serious, Funny And Seriously Funny
I was reminded of this when reading Jenny Allen's "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," one of many winning essays in this seriously funny book. Discussing her ovarian cancer, also the subject of her celebrated one-woman show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better ...

Book review: Good old days weren't always good for Hank Greenberg
This is what sets Kaplan's work apart from other season recap baseball books where current events add context to what was happening on the field. This context isn't a diversion or a reminder, but a lesson. Greenberg is worth this study, and Kaplan ...

Book review: 'Once a Cop' has some good, some meh
That's allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once a Cop” by Cory Pegues, change may be good. Born the ...

The fantasy of turning swords into plowshares
Professor Eliot A. Cohen, a Johns Hopkins University historian who served as an adviser in both the Defense and State Departments, chose an unambiguous title for his latest book: “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military ...

Book review: Arundhati Roy's return to fiction is less than triumphal
Arundhati Roy is back. She was never really gone; it's just that, in the two decades since her Booker Prize-winning debut, “The God of Small Things,” exploded on the literary scene, the author has published only nonfiction. “The Ministry of Utmost ...


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